AMERICAN AGRI-WOMEN ANNOUNCES ITS 38TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
Sep. 30, 2013
Source: American Agri-Women sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture
Women involved in agriculture from throughout the U.S. and Canada will convene in Niagara Falls, New York for the 38th annual American Agri-Women (AAW) convention. Attendees will gather tools and resources, advocate for agriculture, learn about current issues and promote truths about agriculture.
AAW (www.americanagriwomen.org) is a national coalition of more than 40,000 farm, ranch and agribusiness women, representing 60 state and commodity affiliates.
Speakers and programs will cover the latest issues in agriculture, including private property rights, health care, leadership development, Canadian production and policy, agriculture advocacy, and more. Keynote speakers include:
· Mitzi Perdue, author and former tv personality. Served as president of American Agri-Women from 1988-1989.
· Tom DeWeese - one of the nation's leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence. Founder of the American Policy Center, expert on Agenda 21 issues.
· Cherilyn Nagel: Past President of Western Canadian Wheat Growers Assn. and agriculture advocate.
· Leslie Stanier: Human Resources Leader, Cargill Limited.
· Senator JoAnne L. Buth: Past President of the Canola Council of Canada and current senator of the Conservative Party of Canada. She has also held several positions as a manager and was a weed management specialist at the Soils and Crops Branch of Manitoba Agriculture. She was a research and development manager at DowElanco Canada, Inc. and an information officer for the Agriculture Canada Research Station in Winnipeg.
· Anita Steward, C.M., LLD (Hon), M.A. (Gastronomy), P.Ag (Hon) - Member of the Order of Canada; Food Laureate, Univ. of Guelph; President of Food Day Canada & Flavours of Canada; expert on food and Canadian cuisine.
Convention Tours venture north into Canada on Thursday, November 7th:
1. Prins Grow Inc. and Upper Canada Cheese Company. Prins Grow Inc.: born and raised in the Netherlands, Jan and Fabiola Prins came to Canada in 1998 and started their own greenhouse. They specialize in growing statice and cut-amaryllis. Upper Canada Cheese Company: As the first small, modern Niagara creamery in generations, Upper Canada Cheese Company hand crafts premium artisanal cheeses from the milk of local Guernsey cows. We express the unique terroir of our extraordinary Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere region with rich Guernsey milk and the talents of our cheese makers.
2. Vineland Research Station and Innovation Centre: A world class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation Hear about current research projects and tour their facility.
3. Inniskillin Winery: Canada's original estate winery is a respected winery pioneer committed to producing premium wines from premium grapes grown in Canada for over 35 years.
The Post Convention tour (Sunday, Nov 10th): includes a visit to Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards and Lamb Farms, Inc. Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards are a unique agri-tainment farm as well as vineyard and brewery. Becker Farms sells local products from their farm store as well as gives tours, hayrides, & wine tastings.
Also included is a visit to Lamb Farms, Inc. in Oakfield, NY. This farm is one of Western New York's finest and largest dairies as well as NY's largest Kosher dairy. The farm grows all of their own crops and is very well known for marketing their dairy cattle genetics.
Convention registration is available online at www.americanagriwomen.org
Since 1974, AAW members have worked together to educate consumers; advocate for agriculture; and offer networking and professional development opportunities. Go to the AAW web site for more information and to join, www.americanagriwomen.org.
Find AAW on social media at: Facebook.com/AgriWomen/ and Twitter.com/Women4Ag/ (@Women4Ag.)